Jeanette Mae Layton

April 14, 1948December 15, 2020

Jeanette M. Layton, loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother passed away Tuesday, December 15, at the age of 72.

Jeanette was born April 14, 1948 in Wakarusa, Indiana. She was the oldest daughter of Kenneth and Maxine (Sauer) Harter. Jeanette graduated from LaVille High School and then attended Ball State University. On November 6, 1971, she married Jonathan Layton of Anderson, Indiana, and they were married for more than 49 years.

She worked her entire career at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. As a Business Specialist, she took great pride in her work and being assigned those cases and claims that were the toughest to figure out. After a career lasting more than 40 years, she retired in 2016 to care for her newborn grandchildren.

Jeanette loved to garden and could usually be found outside digging in the dirt. She often carried a shovel and gloves around in her car, just in case there was some planting that needed to be done. Jeanette was also an avid crocheter, and many people that she loved have handmade blankets in their homes, courtesy of Jeanette. She loved IU basketball and the Indianapolis Colts and spent many nights and Sundays watching their games.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, Jon, daughter Stephanie (Eric) Kendall, son Christopher, grandchildren Maxwell and Lily, her brother Dean, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenny, mother Maxine, and sister Irene.

There will be no visitation or service. The family plans a private memorial in her favorite place, Sanibel, Florida, sometime next summer. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jeanette may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association,


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Larita Rouch-Killian

January 3, 2021

Dear Jeanette,
You were one of the two best friends I ever had. I recall paying with you as pre-school children, and throughout the K-12 school years. We ran around together in high school, looking for boys and mischief, and we found it!

You were my friend and mate through years of church activities, and when I was married, you were my one and only bridesmaid. You were feisty, smart, and capable. You left us too soon. I cannot believe you are gone, but hope you find the eternal reward you so fully deserve. I love you. Jeanette.

Lynda Berkholz

December 18, 2020

My dearest friend. I could write volumes about our friendship. After almost 40 years it’s hard to be brief. The times at BCBS (wow, oh the stories), so many lunches together, at times sitting on Monument Circle people watching & laughing. We would often talk about what was supposed to be “private family matters “ and we would laugh even harder. Nothing was sacred or off limits. We shared so much about each other, life experiences with husbands, kids... from babies to weddings and then grandchildren. I know you cherished every moment, loved and adored Max & Lily. I’m so thankful you had that time. Although you left an empty space in our hearts, there is still so much of you all around. It’s now time to hold on to all the love and memories you left for Stephanie, Christopher and especially Jon.
Thank you Jeanette for such a remarkable friendship of fun, sharing, giving, acceptance and especially love. I will miss you deeply. Love! Lynda